Virginia offers a handful of schools that have Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) programs. These school options include private and public institutions and vary in tuition rates and military benefits. Learn about some of the available schools and their programs here.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state, 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/ Military Benefits|
|University of Virginia||4-year, public||Charlottesville, VA||$16,412||AFROTC scholarships|
|Liberty University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Lynchburg, VA||$21,292||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||4-year, public||Blacksburg, VA||$12,852||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|Virginia Military Institute||4-year, public||Lexington, VA||$17,492||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
|James Madison University||4-year, public||Harrisonburg, VA||$10,390||Credit for military training, AFROTC scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of Virginia Colleges with Air Force ROTC Programs
There are a few unique AFROTC programs in Virginia, as well as several additional participating schools. Compare and contrast these programs, their extracurricular activities, scholarship opportunities and more.
University of Virginia
The University of Virginia is home to AFROTC Detachment 890, which also serves three additional institutions in the area. The program consists of physical training, AFROTC courses and Leadership Lab and also offers optional physical training and drill practice. Students may also choose to be part of the Drill Team or Arnold Air Society in their spare time. Scholarships are available for both high school students and in-college students to help pay for expenses.
Liberty University is one of the institutions that participates in AFROTC Detachment 890 through the University of Virginia. Students from Liberty commute once a week to the University of Virginia's campus to complete their AFROTC requirements. In addition to AFROTC courses, physical training and Leadership Lab, students complete leadership projects and have the opportunity to visit Air Force bases. The 4-year program gives cadets assigned positions that gradually increase in responsibility as they work their way through the program.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is home to AFROTC Detachment 875. Students in the program are members of Virginia Tech's Corps of Cadets, who even have their own canine ambassador, Growley II. Cadets take AFROTC classes, physical training and Leadership Lab, where they participate in deployment simulations, outdoor marching practices and more. Students may choose to participate in the Armed Forces Special Operations Prep Team (AFSOPT), Arnold Air Society, Air Force Flyers or the Robert Femoyer Service Squadron. Students can apply for national AFROTC scholarships as high school students or in-college students.
Virginia Military Institute
The Virginia Military Institute offers AFROTC participation in Detachment 880. The school's Department of Aerospace Studies is a unit of the Air Force, and graduates of the program are commissioned as second lieutenants. Cadets complete physical training, Leadership Lab and courses that cover topics in the U.S. Air Force, the evolution of U.S. Air Force air and space power, and national security. Students are eligible for national AFROTC scholarships that help pay for tuition and fees and offer book allowances and monthly stipends.
James Madison University
James Madison University is another institution that has a cross-town agreement with the University of Virginia to offer its students participation in AFROTC Detachment 890. The 4-year program consists of AFROTC courses, physical training and Leadership Lab on the University of Virginia's campus, as well as a summer Field Training the summer before junior year at an Air Force base. With approval, students may enroll in AFROTC their second year of schooling to participate in an accelerated 3-year AFROTC program. Students may choose to participate in Arnold Air Society or Drill Team. Scholarships are available for college students based on merit.